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Carving the Image

From one of the murals that line the walls on the long climb to the top. This shows the Guaraní carving the image of the Lady of Caacupé.
The Mecca of Paraguay

March 26th 2006
It was a two hour bus ride out of Asunción to Caacupé, the Mecca of Paraguay, a small town dominated by a large cathedral, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros (consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1988). According to the legend, the Blue Virgin of Caacupé saved a converted Guaraní from a band of Mbayáes hostile to the Christian faith. To show his gratitude he carved and image of th ... read more
South America » Paraguay » Caacup

Paraguayan Flag In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were ... ... read more
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